Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Time for some jazz!

The EFG London Jazz Festival would like to share with you a production by Emma-Jean Thackray. Emma-Jean was a part of Take Five, their annual talent development programme for emerging jazz and improvising musicians/composers, giving them the opportunity to take time out to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world. This year the Festival commissioned 10 artists from the last 2 years of the Take Five talent development programme and Emma-Jean was one of them.

Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet.

From her solo releases 'Ley Lines' on The Vinyl Factory and acclaimed 'Walrus' EP, she maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the jazz scene.

This stream performance, filmed at London's Total Refreshment Centre, is an exclusive set featuring tracks from the releases of Um Yang, Rain Dance EP, her recent Blue Note reimagined track and a rework of the Chicago-house-classic 'Brighter Days' from Cajmere & Dajae

Keys - Lyle Barton

Bass - Matt Gedrych

Perc - Crispin Robinson

Drums - Dougal Taylor

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